The Crystal Lake Park District's full-time year-round park police department works closely with the Crystal Lake and Village of Lakewood Police to keep your parks and facilities safe. We need your help in protecting these properties. If at any time you see suspicious activities, call the Park Police at 815.356.2415 or SEECOM Dispatch at 815-356-1114 to report any problems. In an emergency, dial 911. Our officer will be dispatched to handle the situation

    Our Mission

    It is the mission of the Crystal Lake Park District Police Department to be conservators of the peace and protectors of the life and well-being of all patrons, citizens and park district property. We will do this by providing service, reducing fear of crime, and relentlessly pursuing those engaged in criminal behavior through unwavering dedication, courage, integrity and ethical treatment of all we serve. We swear on our oath and the law enforcement officer's code of ethics to complete this with courtesy, professionalism and respect.

    Submit a Complaint
    The Crystal Lake Park District Police Department takes its responsibility and commitment to citizens very seriously. The department thoroughly investigates every complaint it receives against police personnel. All investigations are conducted in a fair and expeditious manner in accordance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and policies.

    Who can make a complaint?
    Any person who witnesses or has direct knowledge of police misconduct may file a complaint. It does not matter whether the person making the complaint was directly involved in the incident.

    How can a complaint be filed? Complaints can be filed in several ways:
    o Complete, print and submit the form below. You may submit the complaint form online, drop off, or mail to: Crystal Lake Park District Police Department, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake

    Fillable Police complaint form

    o Fill out an ONLINE Complaint Form

    Contact Chief John Longo

  • Ordinances

    Complete Listing of Park Ordinances (Revised and approved December 2020)

    Park Hours

    Parks are open Dawn-Dusk. Park District facilities have posted hours of operation. Contact or visit the facility webpage to confirm hours of operation.

    In connection with any Park or Property of the District:

    • No person shall be allowed on park property between dusk and dawn, unless otherwise authorized by the Director or when attending an authorized meeting or activity being held in a district facility.
    • No person shall be allowed at any time, for any reason, on any park site or property that is declared closed by the Director or their designate.

    Domestic AnimalS

    • Dogs and cats only are permitted at park areas when kept on a physical leash or tether being held by the animal's owner (excluding the dog park.)
    • Dogs and cats are not allowed within playground borders or areas as otherwise marked.
    • All other animals, including horses, are prohibited unless authorized by the Park Board of Commissioners.
    • The person bringing the animal into the park area is responsible for removal of any defecation created by that animal.
    • Animals are prohibited at Main Beach and West Beach.

    Parking Ordinances

    A. It shall be unlawful on any Park District property for any person to park any vehicle except within designated parking areas.
    B. Except when and where permitted by special Park District programs, it shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle on Park District property as follows:

    1. upon grassy areas
    2. where official signs prohibit such parking
    3. so as to block completely, or in part, any entrance, exit or driveway
    4. in any manner so as to disrupt or block normal traffic movement
    5. in any manner so as to encroach upon more than one parking place
    6. from dusk until dawn unless prior approval is granted, or the person is attending an approved Park District activity
    7. in any manner so as to block a designated fire lane
    8. in the Administrative Office parking lot for purposes other than Park District business, rentals or programs

    C. General parking restrictions shall not apply to authorized vehicles, or emergency vehicles of any agency in the performance of its duties


    No person shall upon or in connection with any Crystal Lake Park District property:


    No person shall offer or exchange for sale any article or thing, or do any hawking, peddling, or soliciting, or solicit or receive contributions of money or anything of value upon Park District property, unless authorized by the Park Board.


    A. The erection or maintenance of any sign, bill, poster, placard, or card; or the distributing of any advertising matter by handbills, or otherwise, except signs posted by the Park District, is prohibited upon Park District property unless authorized by the Park Board or its agent.
    B. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph A., handbills may be distributed on Election Day only, at authorized polling places on Park District property when the person responsible complies with applicable Illinois State law for such distribution and cleans

    Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

    11.23 USE OF ALCOHOLIC DRINKS (Revised 11-19-01)

    Beer and wine are permitted at Main and West Beach in the picnic areas only; the Racket Club during special events; and the Rotary Building as approved by the Executive Director. Beer and wine may be consumed at Veteran Acres when approved as part of a picnic or shelter reservation or permit. Beer and wine may be consumed at Lippold Park when purchased from Park District vending only and in compliance with City and State licenses. Consumption of alcohol in other individual programs and buildings must each be approved by the Executive Director. The Park District reserves the right to prohibit alcohol in any/all parks/buildings at any time it deems necessary.


    1. No person under the age of twenty-one (21) shall purchase, possess, consume, be under the affects of, or transport any alcoholic beverage on Park District property.
    2. No person shall give, provide, sell or offer any alcoholic beverage to any person under the age of 21 years old on park property.


    A. Unlawful: No person under the age of 18 shall purchase, accept, possess or consume any cigar, cigarette, smokeless tobacco or tobacco in any of its forms.
    B. Furnishing Tobacco: No person shall sell, buy for, distribute samples of or furnish any cigar, cigarette, smokeless tobacco in any of its forms, to any person under the age of 18.
    C. No person shall smoke any cigar, cigarette, or pipe within a designated "NO SMOKING" area or if not marked, a minimum of 15 feet of any building entrance, exit, window that is open, or ventilation intake that serves an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited in violation of the "Smoke Free Illinois Act" 410 ILCS 82/1, et seq., as may be amended from time to time.
    D. No person shall smoke any cigar, cigarette, or pipe on or within any building located on Park District Property in violation of the "Smoke Free Illinois Act" 410 ILCS 82/1, et seq., as may be amended from time to time.
    E. No person shall smoke any cigar, cigarette or pipe within the fenced in property commonly referred to as Main Beach or West Beach.


    Crystal Lake Park District Fishing Ordinance 11.17 Fine is per fish

    Wading into any park district body of water, other than Crystal Lake, to fish is prohibited. Fishing is allowed from shore or from piers installed for that purpose.

    A. All Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fishing Regulations will be enforced.

    B. Crystal Lake Park District (Crystal Lake and Park District Ponds)

    Species Limitations
    All Fish 3 Poles and Line Fishing Only
    Channel Catfish 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit`
    Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass 18" Minimum Length, 1 Fish Daily Creek Limit
    Walleye Pike 18" Minimum Length, 2 Fish Daily Creel Limit
    Northern Pike 24" Minimum Length, 2 Fish Daily Creel Limit
    Muskellunge 48" Minimum Length, 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit
    Bluegill or Red Ear Sunfish 15 Fish in Total Daily Limit
    Crappie-White or Black 15 Fish in Total Daily Limit
    Yellow Perch 15 Fish in Total Daily Limit

    C. All fish caught must be taken or released unharmed and in live condition subject to the provisions of this section.

    D. Each fish is a separate violation.

    E. This Fishing Ordinance will be enforced on all Park District bodies of water, including but not limited to:

    • Crystal Lake
    • Woodscreek Park
    • Four Colonies Park
    • Veteran Acres Park
    • Lippold Park
    • Sterne's Woods and Fen
    • Winding Creek Park
    • Willows Edge Park (both ponds)
    • Prairie Ridge Conservation Area

    Print Fishing Ordinance 11.17

  • Report Vandalism

    As citizens and taxpayers we are all paying to repair this unnecessary damage. Tips from concerned citizens have helped to decrease the amount of vandalism damage each year. If you have a tip for police you can report in any one of the following ways.

    If you live near one of our parks and have information concerning a criminal damage incident please use one of the methods below to contact us:

    If an act of vandalism is in progress: call 911

    Phone Park Police: 815-356-2415

    SEECOM DISPATCH: 815-356-1114

    Phone Park District: 815-459-0680

    US Mail to Police: 1 East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    Email: Chief John Longo